PETWORTH Town Band is going on its first tour at the end of the month.
The musicians are heading off to Cumbria from October 29 to November 1 to play in two concerts at Cockermouth and Egremont.
Michelle Clifford, bookings secretary, said: “These are exciting times for the Petworth Town Band. The band is honoured to have Lord Egremont as its president. Both he and Lady Egremont are supporting the trip and intend to attend both concerts.”
The band has its roots in the mid-19th century, based on military bands of the period. It is now a mixed band of brass and woodwind instrument players and prides itself on being a friendly group of both young and older players. Currently, there are around 30 playing members of mixed ability.
Michelle said: “We encourage all our members to enjoy playing music together, whatever standard they are.
“We play a wide range of music, ranging from traditional marches and brass band music to popular music such as pieces by Abba and Queen. We aim to find something to appeal to everyone. We also play music of varying levels of difficulty to satisfy all levels of ability.”
During the year, the band plays at many types of event, such as fêtes, concerts, weddings, Christmas fairs and open days. It is one of the few bands which is still a marching band and attends such events as Remembrance Sunday and the Gold Cup Polo tournament at Midhurst.
“We welcome beginners and those who may not have played an instrument for years,” said Michelle.
“We have some brass instruments available for borrowing at no cost. If you join the band, we will arrange for a ‘buddy’ to help you along and ensure you can join in from the start.
“There are no costs involved and uniforms are provided free of charge to members. In return, they are expected to support the band by attending as many of the engagements as they can.”
To find out more, visit the Monday rehearsals, 7pm to 8.30pm at Petworth House or go to www.petworthtownband.com for more informaiton.
New engagements for next year are sought. Contact the bookings secretary, Michelle Clifford, on 01798 872910 or email killybegs9@ gmail.com
The next concert in the area is on Sunday, December 13, at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church in Petworth.
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